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Rolando Ochoa

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Chapter 27: Local Dynamics of a Global Phenomenon: Policing Organized Crime

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Local Dynamics of a Global Phenomenon: Policing Organized Crime
Local Dynamics of a Global Phenomenon: Policing Organized Crime
Rolando Ochoa
INTRODUCTION

Organized crime (OC hereafter) is one of the most significant challenges for global policing today. For a long time, researchers and policymakers have debated both the definition and the scope of this phenomenon and these discussions are ongoing today. Indeed, we do not have a consensual definition yet of what OC actually is (Varese 2009). What is clear about organized crime is that it has become an enterprise which spans all hemispheres and cuts across borders regardless of levels of development, political arrangements and other structural factors. Organized crime can be found, in one form or another, in most – if not all – countries in ...

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